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Rep. Linda Sanchez, California, defends her actions during Congressional baseball game Thursday night after she was caught tossing a bird to Republican lawmakers, claiming to have heard “an offensive and misogynistic comment.”
Sanchez on Friday said in a statement to Fox News Digital that rumors of the alleged remark during the annual charity game “hit a nerve” that prompted her to make the gesture.
“The Congressional baseball game is one of my favorite events of the year. This is a great cause that brings both sides of the aisle together to spend the night away from party politics,” the statement said. “That’s why it really hit me to the core when I heard an offensive and misogynistic comment from the Republicans on my way back to the dugout.”
After an opening walk in the sixth inning, Sanchez was pulled from the game, but as she made her way to the dugout, she looked back at her. fellow legislators on the opposite side of the aisle before making an offensive gesture.
“In the heat of the moment, I reacted. I can’t stand men who make women feel unimportant or unwanted – especially on the pitch,” she continued. “I will always speak out against such bigotry.”
Sanchez did not elaborate on who made the alleged remark or what specifically was said.
The Republicans ended up winning the game 10-0 for back-to-back wins and improved his record in the classic game first played in 1909 to 44-42-1.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosithe Democratic team’s coach, said in an interview with Fox News’ Chad Pergram that the camaraderie and love of baseball were reasons members of Congress continue to put aside their differences for the sake of the game.
“This game is so great and the people are so nice,” she said of America’s favorite pastime. “That’s what makes us competitive and it’s great to be here and have some fun.”
Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the incident Thursday night.